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Feb. 24th, 2008 @ 01:11 pm
unnatural_lump
Hey there,
I collect dead animals and preserve them as a hobby... recently my friends two giant emperor scorpions have expired and he offered the bodies to me.
Now, normally with mammals and herps I just pop them in a special preserving agent and it's all good (or like with a few of my dead crows and toads, dry them out and 'mummify' them so they can be kept on a stand).

I was curious as to how to go about preserving these scorps... I have had them around 4 months now in a box and they have not deteriorated, I am guessing this is because of their carapace and how it does not rot as fast perhaps?

I just wanted some tips on preserving them, ideally I did not want to put them in any fluids as I like seeing them out (they don’t even look dead its amazing).

Any replies are mostly appreciated thank you.
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A film about beetles (probably cross-posted) Nov. 15th, 2007 @ 01:18 am
yellowpythonsub
This is my first post here, so I don't really know how appropriate this is, so let me know...

I made a film about an entomologist searching for a beetle (there are pictures of dead ones in it, don't worry), and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing it.
This is the trailer:


The full (13min) film is here: http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=121

Sailing on the ocean blue Oct. 31st, 2006 @ 08:57 pm
ankhanu
Sorry for the triple crosspost (for those on my journal and the two communities)
These were taken in mid-June. I just love the colours in.


Drowned Bombus spp.; bumblebee.


Drowned ichneumonid wasp.

Seems hymenopterans like blue blue water :P

May. 14th, 2006 @ 01:29 am
comewithgirl
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bee! and a crane fly Apr. 6th, 2006 @ 02:43 pm
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» Insect Drawers
Hi folks,
I'm probably going to be equipping a public resource lab in the near future and I intend to include an insect collection, with basic information on represented species' biology (lifecycle, hosts, etc), status, control methods and all that other good stuff, with a certain emphasis on agriculture.

Now, the actual question: what drawer format do you recommend and why? I'm leaning towards Cornell University form, primarily because that's what I've used. What are your thoughts on Cornell, US National Museum and California Academy drawers?

Thanks :)

(Cross posted on the entomology community)
» Collecting
(This is an older entry from my personal page, but, it works over here.)



I took this shot of one of my vials of ethanol from collecting as I mowed the lawn yesterday. I just like the way it turned out. I used a piece of tiolet paper as a diffuser on the flash...
» ticks
Blood-engorged ticks from my dog's face. Sorry these two are blurry, I wanted to throw these things out as soon as possible!

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Dead bee carried by a lone ant.

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Bleached Millipede.
» spider, beetles, moth
No idea what these are called.

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